Are you getting your first espresso machine at home? If that’s the case, here’s our recommendations for your first machine. We chose these machines based on a few factors:

  1. Ease of use: they’re easy to use and get a hang of. Nothing too complicated for the starting barista.
  2. Price range: They’re very well priced under $300. There’s no need for you to spend $1000s on a machine when you’re still not ready.
  3. Durability: These machines should last you a few good years until you’re ready to upgrade to a larger or more sophisticated machine. By that time, you’ll sure be a professional at using an espresso machine at home.

1. Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker:

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

The Breville Cafe Aroma is simply beautiful, a shiny stainless steel machine that looks like a commercial machine, yet it’s made with the home user in mind. It comes with everything you need to get you started: a double filter that you can use with ground coffee or espresso pods, a steam want for milk frothing, a set of stainless steel espresso cups, and a milk pitcher.

Read our full review of the Breville Cafe Aroma by clicking here.

2. DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker:

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker

The DeLonghi EC702 is also a great starter machine for beginners. Also stainless steel built like the previous one, it is easy to clean and maintain. While it does have the double filter and a steam wand, it lacks the extra accessories (the stainless steel cup set and pitcher), so you’ll have to buy those separately.

Click here for our full review of the DeLonghi EC702 Espresso Machine.

Note: For best results possible, you are recommended to brew your coffee using fresh ground espresso. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, see our recommended grinders here.

3. Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker:

Nespresso Citiz C120 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

A Nespresso maker is as easy and convenient as it gets for a coffee lover. It won’t turn you into a barista, but it’s an excellent machine to make espresso and gourmet coffee drinks with a touch of a button. This machine uses Nespresso capsules that are pre-measured and make you the perfect shot every single time. All you have to do is insert a capsule and press a button, within a second you’ll be all set! The machine also comes with an automatic milk frother that creates hot or cold froth in under a minute.

You can read our full review of the Nespresso Citiz here.

 

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